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Report: Yankees planning to bring Adams to New York

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 11, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

AdamsAccording to the New York Daily News, the Yankees are prepared to promote David Adams from Triple-A next week and have him take over the Yankees third base job until Kevin Youkilis comes off the disabled list.

Because of the Yankees 40-man roster crunch, the team released and re-signed Adams at the end of spring training. By putting him through release waivers – rather than designating him for assignment – the Yankees believed they had a better chance of keeping Adams, and the move worked as Adams cleared waivers and re-signed.

But the maneuver also left the Yankees unable to bring Adams to the major leagues before May 15.

Mark Feinsand reports that, on that date, the Yankees are expecting to bring Adams to the big leagues and give him regular at-bats. Without Youkilis, the team has leaned on Jayson Nix and Chris Nelson at third base, while the infield has gotten so thin that even Vernon Wells got an inning at third.

As the regular third baseman for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Adams is hitting .314/.404/.477 with six doubles, two home runs and a triple. He’s also seen a little bit of time at second base — where he played regularly until late last season — and at first base, adding a bit of versatility for a team that’s played Robinson Cano every day and has no backup for Lyle Overbay.

As for who goes down, it would seem either Nelson or Ben Francisco could be DFA candidate to open both a 40-man and 25-man roster spot.

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147 Responses to “Report: Yankees planning to bring Adams to New York”

  1. mick May 11th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Bye Ben…

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    ’bout effing time Adams gets the call.

  3. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Mick-

    That’s how I feel too.

    Keep the younger guy who still has potential.

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    He will be great in the bullpen, duh. What a reach, that a kid with his stuff and movement will be able to get hitters out in one inning, since he does it over several.

    He’ll help the Yankees in the pen, won’t re-sign (if he’s smart), and with his year 26 still in front of him, go somewhere else and be a nails starter. Good luck, Dellin.

  5. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    JAP-

    Mustelier is next.

    ;)

  6. yankeefeminista May 11th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Hallelujah. Adams has great splits. Hope they actually let him get appropriate AB’s.

  7. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    YF-

    seeing is believing.

    Hope he doesn’t get the Romine treatment.

    ;)

  8. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    He’s had a minor league era over 5 for three straight years…..he gets hit plenty….they can’t make decisions based on the energy now and then game when he’s good and doesn’t get hit.

    His history suggests that as a starter he’s really bad a lot more often than he’s really good…..
    ///

    I don’t agree. I understand your point, but your conclusion is ultimately facile, IMO. When he has control, not even command, they still can’t hit him.

  9. jacksquat May 11th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I take back what I said yesterday about not knowing how Betances’ control would improve as a reliever. Actually I do have one idea. Many relievers throw from the stretch 100% of the time. I always threw from the stretch as a starter, because the windup did not add velocity for me and I thought it just added more motion where you could get out of form and mess up your delivery. Throwing from the stretch may help Betances, especially only throwing from the stretch so it’s the same delivery every time. Of course, they could have tried that as a starter…

  10. mick May 11th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Keep the younger guy who still has potential.
    ==========================
    They could use some IF versatility as well.
    Ben never put on a glove.
    And he looked like Urkel.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    JAP-

    Mustelier is next.
    ///

    That would be nice.

  12. yanks61 May 11th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    mick May 11th, 2013 at 8:55 am
    yanks61-
    Did you know Whitey didn’t get into the Hall til his 2nd year of eligibilty.
    He went in with his buddy Mick so that was a good thing.

    ——————————————————-

    Mick, if I ever knew it, I had quite honestly forgotten.

    Yeah, good they went in together. Maybe it was planned that way :)

    By the way, loved both Spahn and Marichal and their big leg kicks. Two of my favorite non-Yankee pitchers along with Drysdale and Koufax. But my all time favorite non-Yankee hurler was Sal “the Barber” Maglie. Loved the game day beard and the dark looks, like a mob hitman. Man, how he tormented the Dodgers!

  13. mick May 11th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    How is Adams glove at 3rd?

  14. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Francisco had his shot.

    He just didn’t show anything.

    Best of luck with your next outfit.

  15. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    JAP-

    If he weren’t so unlucky he would have been here before Adams.

  16. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    blake says:
    May 11, 2013 at 9:02 am
    “The “sadness” is not about some irrational emotional attachment, it’s about a guy who no one hits and why wouldn’t you want that over several innings rather than one.”

    He’s had a minor league era over 5 for three straight years…..he gets hit plenty….they can’t make decisions based on the energy now and then game when he’s good and doesn’t get hit.

    His history suggests that as a starter he’s really bad a lot more often than he’s really good…..

  17. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    blake says:
    May 11, 2013 at 9:09 am
    JF, YF,

    We have had these discussions for a couple of years now and we will just have to agree to disagree…..

    I’ve always wished Dellin well and pulled for him but two years ago when he was still a top 100 prospect I was saying the same things I’m saying now…..I’ve never been a fan of his delivery and have always thought it was highly unlikely he could repeat it well enough to start…..nothing has really changedy mind there….

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Yeah they could have tried it as a starter. Greenberet always wanted him to throw from the stretch.

    ///

    Whatever.

    I look forward to seeing him succeed up here, and getting to pitch in the Bronx, since he’s not only got a great arm, but he’s a NYC boy. And then – I look forward to him getting out of dodge and picking up where he left off in 2010 somewhere, because the recent weeks showed that pitcher – that starter – is still in there. Last year was just not reliable at all, what he’s done lately is.

  19. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Happy trails Francy

  20. mick May 11th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    They might be able to get something for Nelson.
    They should give him some AB’s before Adams arrives.
    He seems to be finding his bat.

  21. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    We all see different things in different people.

    :)

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    JAP-

    If he weren’t so unlucky he would have been here before Adams.
    ///

    Yeah, well they said he wouldn’t have made the cut even had he not gotten hurt. That’s the present-day Yankees for you.

  23. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    “I don’t agree. I understand your point, but your conclusion is ultimately facile, IMO. When he has control, not even command, they still can’t hit him.”

    You think that’ll be the case in the big leagues?…..and he hasn’t even gown he can consistently throw strikes as a starter.

    Look I wish they could just keep on tryin as yes he would have a lot more value as a starter…..but realistically this was a move they needed to make due to the circumstances.

    The best thing Betances can so is just pitch well…..master short relief then maybe they’ll consider moving him back at some point or he can get a shy with another club.

  24. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    JAP-

    What I truly meant was that if he hadn’t injured the knee and needed rehab.

    He’s versatile and can swing a stick.

    He did everything but part the Red Sea in ST.

    I’d like to see if he can help. I believe he can.

  25. yanks61 May 11th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    GregD May 11th, 2013 at 8:52 am
    Yanks61 and Mick……..love reading your posts…..brings back many great memories……

    Glad to hear that, Greg. I enjoy the reminiscing. Greg, Mick, you and I ought to spend a bit more time chatting one of these – perhaps when there’s no game that day.

    By the way, Mick and Greg, I’m back in the States for a few weeks soon and will be at the Scranton game, Sunday, 26 May (with 6 brothers, some cousins and assorted other relatives – a group of twenty.) Come over and say hello if you happen to be there (alternatively, I’m at YS3 Tuesday night, 04June with just a friend. We’d even have a chance to shoot the breeze for a while!)

  26. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I’ve never been a fan of his delivery and have always thought it was highly unlikely he could repeat it well enough to start…..nothing has really changedy mind there….
    ///

    You’re entitled to that view, it’s actually the consensus view of him. But just because the Yankees have run out of clock and have decided to do this, even though he has been pitching very well as a starter in recent weeks, doesn’t mean he’s never going to be able to repeat well enough to start. I think he will absolutely go somewhere and start. There’s no way an arm like that isn’t going to get a trial by some other team in search of pitching. So it isn’t exactly “case closed” on his starting career, just because Brian Cashman made this move.

  27. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    61-

    You’re not coming to Utah to inspect our Vineyards are you ?

    :)

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    You think that’ll be the case in the big leagues?…..and he hasn’t even gown he can consistently throw strikes as a starter.
    ///

    If you mean, do I think he’s a guy whose just getting outs because of the lack of selectivity by mil hitters, the answer is no. If he’s throwing strikes, his stuff is so lively and his ball is so heavy that pinpoint command isn’t going to stop him from getting ML hitters out, IMO.

  29. Ys Guy May 11th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    dodgers lost again, (to a AA team no less) now 1 win in last 10.
    mattingly might not make it to next weekend.
    at least he’ll be available for OTD!
    girardi’s next extension is a lock.

  30. 86w183 May 11th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    An eight year track record covering 125 starts is more meaningful than one excellent outing. Even this year Betances was pitching to a 6.00 ERA.

    So he had one five inning no-hitter. Nice, but he also walked four.

    Moving him to the pen makes perfect sense…. to almost everyone.

    Very happy with the Adams call up on Wednesday. It’s the first day he can be called up, so I don’t get the “about effing time” crack.

    My guess is Adams and Granderson in, Nelson and Francisco out. Boesch is a much better player than Fran-WHIFF-sco and his LH/RH splits are not significant enough to warrant carrying an inferior player.

    Nelson is a more talented player than Nix, but I don’t see them making that swap.

  31. Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I think Adams will get the chance to play. His glove will determine whether he sticks.

  32. NYY fan in NH May 11th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    It’s nice to see him finally get a chance. He’s got skills and he was the deal breaker in the Cliff Lee trade. Bye bye Ben!!

  33. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Nelson can’t BU ss otherwise maybe that woud be a consideration.

  34. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Fair enough JAP ;)

  35. jacksquat May 11th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Betances could pitch well as a reliever, stay in the org, and possibly get another chance as a starter. Even Joba got another shot as a starter after coming up as a reliever (not to open that can of worms again). Maybe if Betances can find control pitching from the stretch all the time, a light bulb may go on and they try him as a starter always pitching from the stretch.

  36. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Doreen-

    Is that a promise ?

    :)

  37. ac1 May 11th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Adams for francisco
    Grandy for boesch
    Musty for nelson (because musty can also play the of)

  38. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    “Nelson is a more talented player than Nix, but I don’t see them making that swap.”

    He can’t play SS….that’s what makes Nix more valuable is because he can adequately play all 3 infield spots.

  39. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    @Buster_ESPN: So far this year in Class AAA, Jurickson Profar has a .717 OPS. http://t.co/uyxn1X5wEA

  40. austinmac May 11th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I think we all wish Betances could have developed into a successful starter. He has not. They want to try to get something from him. Maybe a reliever from the stretch is the way to go. It is worth a shot.

    Once Gardner returns I presume Ben will go. Will Nelson leave if Adams comes up? Seems like it. Personally, I will believe Adams is promoted when I see it. If Nelson gets a few more hits, maybe not.

  41. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    @ProfessorParks: After another double-digit strikeout performance last night #Yankees RHP Rafael De Paula now has 58 K in 33.1 IP. Easy + FB; CB/CH w/ future

    @jasoncollette: @ProfessorParks how does he compare to someone like Banuelos & Betances at similar level?

    @ProfessorParks: @jasoncollette He’s older; way more unknowns; the stuff is very good; FB has plus-plus life at 91-95; can touch higher; flashes plus CB/CH

  42. Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    MTU

    I’m not foolish enough to make promises!

    But I think Youk is going to be MIA far longer than they’d hoped. ( I’m worried about back surgery looming?)

    They need someone who has a chance to hit and Adams has a great chance to be that.

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Fair enough JAP ;)
    ///

    ;) FTR you don’t need to tell me you root for the kid, you are a straight shooter here, we just don’t see this case the same.

    be back later.

  44. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    JAP-

    It’s a funny thing about perception, analysis, and emotional investment.

    As I said above. We all see different things in different people.

    You “see” something very worthwhile in Betances.

    My pet project happens to be Phelps.

    I think I “see” things in his ability that some others do not.

    I guess that’s just the way of things.

    You believe in Dellin and what you see from him.

    I hope he gets a chance someday to prove your faith in him was correct.

    Likely won’t be with the Yankees though.

    I think maybe the same is true for Phelps though I hope not.

    :)

  45. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    ” FTR you don’t need to tell me you root for the kid, you are a straight shooter here, we just don’t see this case the same.”

    Difference of opinion is ok…..debate is healthy and fun….we are all (presumably) on the same side here

  46. Ys Guy May 11th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    i was a big fan of betances. saw him pitch, saw him dominate. also saw him never get it together. saw him walk the bases loades several times. saw the pages on the calendar change over and over.
    its just not happening and ‘just a little more time’ isn’t going to change that.
    maybe being a bp arm will.
    good call given the circumstances.

  47. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Yanks61-

    I think it was Mick who brought up the name-Jim Coates on the previous thread. My recollection of him in 1961 when he went 11-5 is that he used to come in the game in relief of the starters [Ford, Stafford, Terry, Sheldon and Daley], with men on base, and allow the inherited runners to score, setting him up for many of his 11 wins.

    Not one of my favorites. :)

  48. austinmac May 11th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Looking at Profar’s stats should remind is the road to the majors almost always comes with some bumps. It is a tough game.

  49. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Doreen-

    I want a dead bang certain guarantee !

    :(

  50. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I still think Profar is gonna be a star …..I also thinks my Machado could be the best player in baseball in 5 years

  51. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I hope this Daily News report proves accurate and David Adams both gets called up and gets regular playing time at 3B and if necessary, 1b in an emergency.

    He will hit and he had a good glove as a 2B. I believe he can be a solid .280 hitting MLB for years.

    Kudos to Lyle Overbay. I really like this guy and have for years and I hope NY is smart enough to hold onto him once Tex returns. At least he can give you a professional AB against RHP.

    Similar to G. Love I am kind of dreading the return of Tex- to me most of the time he is a downer.

    As much as Grandy is one dimensional he is a vast improvement over Boesch and Francisco so I look forward to his return as well.

  52. 86w183 May 11th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Nelson started out as a shortstop. He wasn’t good — tons of errors — but he cold play there for a few innings or a couple of games without the world coming to an end.

    JAP — Betances has not been “pitching well as a starter in recent weeks” as you claim. In fact, he has not had two good starts in a row of his six outings this year. Two good starts, one OK start and three lousy ones.

  53. austinmac May 11th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Yanks61,

    Koufax was always the perfect pitcher to my young eyes. I did like to watch Spahn. He was an older Whitey.

    But, I do miss the African-American stars. Mays, Aaron, Banks and on and on.

    Best player I ever saw(non-PED) was Mays. He used to kill me by always finding a way to score the winning run in the all star games.

  54. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Is there anyway the Yankees could kidnap the KC SS Escobar before they leave town?

    What a future he has.

  55. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Nelson is not going to be a BU ss.

    He was terrible at the position.

    One thing you want from a BU at any position is a good glove.

    he doesn’t have one at SS.

  56. yanks61 May 11th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:18 am
    61-

    You’re not coming to Utah to inspect our Vineyards are you ?

    ————————————————————

    MTU, I wish I had the time to visit the beautiful state of Utah, even though it has no famous vineyards! With six brothers, a sister, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends to see in the NY area, I can hardly keep track of where I am from one day to the next!

  57. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Doreen-

    David Adams was also out for a time with back issues.

    JAP-

    Almonte is having a pretty good season at AAA-leads the team in RBI’s and hasn’t made an error yet. Are you seeing any improvement in his routes/fielding?

  58. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    “yankee21 says:
    May 11, 2013 at 9:33 am
    Is there anyway the Yankees could kidnap the KC SS Escobar before they leave town?

    What a future he has.”

    He’s really good ….you never hear much about him but he can play…..

    SS has been such a weak position in baseball the last few years but there are some young ones now with promise…..unfortunately the yanks don’t have one

  59. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I think NY was patient with Betances for a reasonable period of time, I can’t really get on their back for this move. Maybe not everything was perfect coaching wise but at the end of the day Betances is responsible for his own success- he just hasn’t gotten it done.

    He can look at it as a golden opportunity that will catapult him into the big leagues or as a failure,, I suggest the former.

  60. Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Ys Guy

    On MLB last night they were convinced Mattingly’s days are numbered. But they cited the owners backgrounds in sports where an 8-game losing streak is a season killer and speculated they don’t have the necessary patience.

    I loved Larry Bowa though. When one of the guys was saying is too early Bowa pointed out that while you don’t win the pennant in April and May, if you’re playing catch up all seaso long you are dog tired by August and its not good. He was passionately saying this. And you know he’s lived it.

  61. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I’d rather they kidnap Tulowitski.

    Or Starlin Castro.

    Time to walk the mops.

  62. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I can guarantee you Betances would rather be in a big league bullpen than riding buses at Scranton

  63. GregD May 11th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Yanks61 and Mick – I hope be at YS on Sat … :) it would be nice to meet you

  64. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    61-

    I’m kinda hurt you didn’t include me in your list of intelligent posters.

    But I hope I’m at least on the entertaining list.

    Have a good visit to the good ole’ USA and enjoy that precious time with your huge Family.

    later.

    :)

  65. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    The Royals are an exciting young team and I hope they build off the foundation they have in Gordon, Hosmer, Moustakas, Escobar and their catcher who looks to be a legitimate star in his own right. I admit I like this team.

    They have to continue on cultivating young SP though because is Shields does not extend they are back to square one pitching wise which has been their challenge.

  66. blake May 11th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    The royals offense is good enough…. They just can’t pitch

  67. 86w183 May 11th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    MTU —-

    I think defense is overrated for any back up. If your back up SS gets 100 chances a year that’s a lot. Based on his terrible minor league stats Nelson would make 7 errors. an excellent defender (and Nix is not excellent) would make 3. Those four errors just aren’t that big a deal to me.

    Nelson’s offensive potential far exceeds Nix from what I’ve seen. It’s arguable, but I prefer the younger guy with more upside offensively.

  68. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    By the way good move by KC salvaging Gordon’s career as a failed 3B with unbelievable pressure to perform and succeed after a legend in George Brett.

    Good move by KC having him swap positions and push the re-set button. Out of that move they look to have a perennial AS.

  69. yanks61 May 11th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    YT –

    I think it may heve been me that bought up the infamous Mr Coates. It does seem to me that your memory is right on as regards hsi method of gaining victories!

    By the way, another guy I mentioned was Bill Stafford. Do you recall how he sort of strutted to the mound? I thought Stafford was going to be a good find. Alas, he had only two really good years, 14 -9 in both 61 and 62 with ERAs of 2.68 and 3.67. He had a mini Last Hurrah year in 64 at 5 – 0, 2.67 and then proceeeded to fade away to KC and oblivion!

  70. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    “Kudos to Lyle Overbay. I really like this guy and have for years and I hope NY is smart enough to hold onto him once Tex returns. At least he can give you a professional AB against RHP.”

    Yankee21-

    Statistically, this year,he might very well be a better bat than Tex when facing a RHP. The injury, the shift, are all going to make it difficult for Tex to hit for average from the left side.

  71. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    86-

    You might but the defensive-minded Yankees likely wouldn’t.

    Sorry. Got to go. My little dobermans are nipping at my heels.

    later.

  72. 86w183 May 11th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I’m out as well…. just without the dobermans

  73. Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    It seems to
    Me that backups as opposed to all around utility guys are defense first guys. But I realize this is splitting hairs.

    I see back ups as guys who occasionally fill I ( under normal circumstances when the entire infield isn’t on the DL). A utility guy sees regular playing time just at a lot of positions.

  74. yanks61 May 11th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Mac, I saw Willie play a number of times in the Polo Grounds and later, when the Jints had moved to Frisco, I saw him play in Philly a couple of times. Easily one of the greatest CF of all time. I believe Joe D said the same thing (of course Joe D felt that Willie played second fiddle to the immortal Joe D!)

    Like you, I hated to see Willie bat against the Yanks – especialy against Whitey. He might own the best lifetime BA ever against Ford!

  75. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Yankee21-

    Statistically, this year,he might very well be a better bat than Tex when facing a RHP. The injury, the shift, are all going to make it difficult for Tex to hit for average from the left side…

    YT- Aside from what the stats say, my eyes have told me TEX other than running into some pitches and depositing them in the RF bleachers, or taking an occasional walk, he has been absolutely putrid against most RHP especially those with good O-S stuff. The strange thing for me is I love his RH swing- he looks like he is going to crush the ball every pitch.

    On balance, I miss the guy against LHP- the rest of the time he is a downer.

  76. yanks61 May 11th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    MTU – I’m so sorry to have left you off the list! I couldn’t possibly remember everyone, but forgetting you is certainly a major oversight!
    Yes, I not only enjoy your insights and general commentary, but I also appreciate your overall non-confrontational style of engagement. Each to his own, of course, but you’re exactly the kind of guy I would enjoy sharing a drink with. Would a 68 Pommard suit you?

  77. Frankg May 11th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Don’t most teams carry 5 outfielders which the Yankees currently have? So Francisco has to stay and an infielder must go, such as Nelson, who strangely enough has started to hit.

  78. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    There is no way that Overbay should sit v. RHP when/if Tex gets back. This version is a better player. In some ways, he has been the biggest surprise of the season.

  79. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    All Atar Games [2] 1960:

    “Mays was largely responsible for the NL’s progressive dominance in that event, going a combined 6-for-8 in the leadoff slot as his league won both games. The first game was July 11 in Kansas City, and the second one was a New York homecoming two days later at Yankee Stadium. In that game, Mays singled and then hit a home run to stand at 6-for-6 against Hall of Famer Whitey Ford, who his favorite pitcher and had the home crowd behind him. Mays added another single later, finishing the two-day event with a homer, a triple, four singles, two runs and a stolen base.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....;c_id=null

  80. blake May 11th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    If you were starting a team with the current players in baseball (age considered) and you could pick 5…..who would they be?

  81. yanks61 May 11th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    YT, yes, that’s the kind of performance I remember from Willie against Whitey. He simply crushed him! As a Yankees/Giants fan when the Giants were still playing in NY, I loved me some Willie. But I wanted him to go away whenever he faced the Yanks later on in his career.

  82. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Overbay-homer to deep RF
    Double to wall in left center
    Double off rightfield wall
    Single thru the middle.

    Nelson did strikeout 3 times but had a nice single going the other way, to RF to drive in two runs.

    Might the Yankees still keep Nelson for a short time, when Adams comes up and just DFA Francisco?

  83. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    If you were starting a team with the current players in baseball (age considered) and you could pick 5…..who would they be?…

    Blake, this is what I would do:

    Posey, Trout, Harper, Escobar and Kershaw.

    If any of these 5 aren’t interested, I’d ask M. Cabrera, regardless of his age.

  84. blake May 11th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    21,

    I would take 4 of those same guys….Trout, Posey, Harper, Kershaw…..and Id take Machado and move him back to SS

    Then I wouldn’t worry about my lineup or # 1 starters for the next 10 years barring injury

  85. Against All Odds May 11th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    blake May 11th, 2013 at 10:01 am
    If you were starting a team with the current players in baseball (age considered) and you could pick 5…..who would they be?

    ——————————–

    Harper
    Trout
    Posey
    Miggy
    Longo

  86. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    blake, can’t really go wrong with that plan.

    got to go, take care

  87. Against All Odds May 11th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Harper and Trout are going to show up on every list

  88. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    If you were starting a team with the current players in baseball (age considered) and you could pick 5…..who would they be?
    ———————

    Blake-

    That’s like the pick-up basketball games I played in, in my youth. :)

    My first three, all “rent” controlled:
    Mike Trout
    Giancarlo Stanton
    Bryce Harper
    Then two young pitchers:
    Righty 24 yo Matt Harvey
    Lefty 25 yo Clayton Kershaw

  89. MG May 11th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    My take on Betances is that he’s had the chance as a starter and there are only 5 spots open in Scranton to pitch in rotation. If they send down Nova that’s one and they have other guys there-no one ever mentions Bootcheck but he has a 1.25 ERA in 4 starts, what is his deal (other than they picked him up from another club)?

    If he makes it with the big club as a reliever that will be great.

    I’m glad Adams is going to get a shot, he’s performed at the AAA level and stayed healthy this year and certainly the Yankees need a right hand bat.

    Baseball, like all professional sports, is a meritocracy, the good ones always wind up getting their shots-then it’s up to the player to take advantage of it at the major league level. Just ask Pat M about that, he’s mentioned he hit .383 at the AA level and, from memory, admittedly wasn’t good enough for the bigs.

  90. blake May 11th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Really Harper, Trout, Posey , and Kershaw for me are no brainers if you consider age…..they are all so good at such young ages that if you were starting a club you’d have to strongly consider them…..there are a lot of good candidates for that 5th spot…..

    Id take Machado because he’s going to be a star at SS IMO….but you could go Stanton or Kemp or Strasburg or take one of the current best players that are a little older like Miggy or Cano.

  91. Against All Odds May 11th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I was going to pick Harvey but I thought too early but the kid has talent no doubt about that.

  92. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    JAP — Betances has not been “pitching well as a starter in recent weeks” as you claim. In fact, he has not had two good starts in a row of his six outings this year. Two good starts, one OK start and three lousy ones.
    ///

    86, you’re mistaken:

    “The 6-foot-8 right-hander came into Sunday’s start sporting a 1-2 record and an unsightly 7.58 ERA after allowing 16 runs on 19 hits and 12 walks over 19 innings.

    Many of those crooked numbers came in the first two weeks of the season . He retired two batters and allowed six runs in a loss at Buffalo on April 14, then was tagged for five runs over four innings four days later in Rochester.

    Since that start against the Red Wings, he’s given up three runs on eight hits over 15 1/3 frames.”

    from milb.com
    ///

    I’ll add that Betances has been getting tons of groundballs, again pitching down the in zone and has been whiffing hitters on his riding fastball in the mid-90s. Last year he was giving up LDs and flyballs – not his MO and therefore I never took that disaster season to heart. Still some control issues this year, but the downward plane being back and the fastball above the letters showed he was/is back on the right track to being virtually unhittable. And like I said earlier, he hasn’t given up so much as a hit in 7.3 innings, in a league that many posters who don’t see him said, off of that outlier 2012, was “too good” for him to get away with what worked in AA.

  93. blake May 11th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Sample size on Harvey isn’t big enough for me yet….he’s got the stuff but needs to do it longer

  94. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Blake-

    Now if I wanted strength up the middle I go with:
    Yadier Molina
    Robinson Cano
    Troy Tulowitski
    Mike Trout
    Clayton Kershaw

  95. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Machado is my favorite young position player in the game. (I’d say non-Yankee young position player, but since we have no good young position players on the roster, I don’t have to bother making such a distinction).

  96. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    The Yankees could face two of the current Top 10 pitchers in ERA and WHIP when they face the Mariners:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/p.....asontype/2

  97. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    List best pitchers, statistically, 25 and under:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/p.....rder/false

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Trader,

    In re to your question about Zoilo.

    Zoilo is an enigma. He’ll make some nice plays in the OF and then will just inexplicably get the worst read ever on what should be a routine play, so it kind of comes without warning. He has the athleticism and speed and a good arm, what he gets are these bouts of myopia (not literally myopia, mind you) and it can happen at any time.

    As for errors, they just don’t give errors on bad routes that end in you not getting near the ball, but the fact that he’s not had one where he kicked the ball around is good news, I guess. I saw him regularly in Trenton, and I don’t do that now that he’s in SWB.

    When they interviewed him on MLB, they asked what he needed to work on. He did not say pitch recognition or plate discipline, he did not say his right-handed hitting. He said: “My defense.”

    I think Zoilo’s got that right.

  99. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    86,

    Here’s a Betances quote and SWB writer’s perspective on how he looked “recently.”:

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 10h

    Dellin Betances: “If it were up to me, I’d love to start.” Said he was surprised by decision to send him to pen. Looked strong recently.

  100. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    JAP-

    Thanks for the feedback.

    If they want to replace Francisco with an OF’er from SWB, then who earns the nod? Neal[ not sure how much longer he's on the DL], Almonte, Mustelier [has been strictly playing corner OF positions since he returned]?

  101. MG May 11th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    yanks61 May 11th, 2013 at 9:41 am
    YT –

    I think it may heve been me that bought up the infamous Mr Coates. It does seem to me that your memory is right on as regards hsi method of gaining victories!

    By the way, another guy I mentioned was Bill Stafford. Do you recall how he sort of strutted to the mound? I thought Stafford was going to be a good find. Alas, he had only two really good years, 14 -9 in both 61 and 62 with ERAs of 2.68 and 3.67. He had a mini Last Hurrah year in 64 at 5 – 0, 2.67 and then proceeeded to fade away to KC and oblivion!
    ———————-
    61, Coates used to vulture lots of wins when he pitched for the Yankees, sometimes it was pretty funny.

    I always liked Bill Stafford, I believe he hurt his shoulder after the two good years in the rotation and faded away-that used to happen to so many young pitchers-Bob Grim was another one in the ’50s who won 20 games as a rookie, hurt his arm, and then wound up as a middle of the road relief pitcher.

  102. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Everyone who can start wants to. It’s where the money is. Even a 4th starter makes more than most of the best closers.

  103. Bo knows May 11th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Blake, you cheated with Machado. I’d replace him with Arenado at 3B. There is one good looking ballplayer.

  104. MG May 11th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 10:41 am
    JAP-

    Thanks for the feedback.

    If they want to replace Francisco with an OF’er from SWB, then who earns the nod? Neal[ not sure how much longer he's on the DL], Almonte, Mustelier [has been strictly playing corner OF positions since he returned]?
    ———————
    YT, if Mustelier has been playing the OF exclusively since coming back that’s a pretty good sign he would play there with the Yankees. He wouldn’t have to do much to be an upgrade over Francisco.

    It would be really good to have a guy like him who can also play the infield occasionally as well.

    Nix has earned his spot as the primary utility guy, he is limited at the plate but does enough things well to make him an ideal guy to fill in at all 3 infield positions.

    From my perspective, the roster begins to get much stronger next week with these changes plus Granderson coming back and being 21-13 and in first place gives cause for optimism…

  105. mick May 11th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Hal Reniff and Tex Clevenger were also relief pitchers.

  106. jpb173 May 11th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I think that Yankees should DFA Ben Francisco after Sunday’s game, add a pitcher from Scranton for the doubleheader on Monday and then send that pitcher back to Scranton on Tuesday in order to add Adams. If the Yankees need an OF for a while, they can use Nix or Nunez to fill in at one of the corner spots for an inning or two.

    When Granderson returns the Yanks can DFA Wilson.

    I’m not hearing much about Youkilis so I am assuming that he will not be able to come3 off the DL when his 15 days are up.

  107. mick May 11th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Art Ditmar turned his career around coming to the Yanks in 57 after a 12-22 mark with the KC A’s in 56.

  108. mick May 11th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    When Granderson returns the Yanks can DFA Wilson.
    ==========
    Mookie?

  109. jmills May 11th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I had a wonderful time on the blog last night, and I’m glad that no matter what the Jays do ( at least it wasn’t a double Boston loss ), I’m having a good time anyways. It has truly has been the strangest baseball season up here, Jim Morrison, that I have ever witnessed, and I have seen them all. I have to admit, I’ve closed my eyes a few times in this one.

  110. mick May 11th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    mills-you can’t always believe what you read in the papers.
    More like A Day in the Life for your Jays.

  111. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    jpb173-

    Did you mean Granderson for Boesch?

    MG-

    I hope Mustelier gets the nod, despite just being back a short while. He did have two hits last night to raise his BA to .176. :)

    Have to go.

    Until later, Have a great day.

  112. jpb173 May 11th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    mick May 11th, 2013 at 10:58 am
    When Granderson returns the Yanks can DFA Wilson.
    ==========
    Mookie?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Good catch, Mick…I should have typed Nelson.

  113. jpb173 May 11th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Yankee Trader May 11th, 2013 at 11:05 am
    jpb173-

    Did you mean Granderson for Boesch?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No, I meant Nelson. I think that Boesch will be more productive at the plate than Nelson.

  114. Duh Innings II May 11th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Since Felix Hernandez last pitched on May 8 and the Mariners have days off on May 9 and 13, Hernandez will make his next start on May 14, the first game of a three-game series at the Yanks and a day before Adams could be called up – good for Adams, bad for the Yanks haha. Hopefully Hernandez will be off with the extra day of rest, although I wouldn’t count on it since he has a career 3.23 ERA in starts where he has five days (an extra day) of rest and his WHIP is better with the extra day of rest than with normal rest (1.189 vs. 1.220.)

    I’m really psyched to see Adams play/finally get the call. I’d love to see Adams play so well, Youkilis has to share 1B with Overbay and DH with Hafner to get playing time. How ’bout Youkilis plays 1B twice a week, 3B twice a week (Adams could DH one of those games), DH once a week, and be available for pinch-hitting once a week? He’d get a day of rest a week and be at the position he’d most likely get reinjured at (3B) only twice a week.

  115. Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Wow –

    Hanrahan is out for the season. Possibility of two surgeries. Ouch!

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....ut_fo.html

  116. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    It’s amazing how fate sometimes takes a hand.

    If Adams hadn’t have shattered his ankle he’d likely be a Mariner right now.

    Or if he didn’t make it thru waivers.

    Good Lord must want him here.

    Hope he makes the most of his opportunity.

  117. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Doreen-

    The Sux haven’t had much luck with their recent BP acquisitions.

    Just breaks my heart.

    ;)

  118. mick May 11th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    So upcoming:

    Overbay/Youk 1B
    Cano
    Nunez SS Nix BUIF
    Adams/Youk 3B
    Ichiro/Gardner/Grandy/Wells
    Hafner/Youk DH
    Cervelli/Stewart

    Better balance.

    Looks like Boesch and BFran are goners, send Boesch down.

  119. mick May 11th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Kelley looked like he was pitching for his job last night.
    With Joba looming and Claiborne thriving someone will have to go.
    And Rapada will be back.
    Tough calls.
    Nova has to go down as will Nuno.
    Joba could be traded for a prospect starter or bat.

  120. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Mick-

    Fortunately Boesch can be sent down from what I understand.

    He’s young enough to be worth keeping. At least for a while.

    Francisco is going the way of Randy Winn fairly soon I would think.

    No big loss there.

  121. mick May 11th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Tex, Jeter and Arod seem far far away.

  122. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I’m not opposed to seeing Chamberlain disappear if he would bring back something of value.

    He’s gone next year anyway and we have plenty of depth.

    They’d need to get him healthy again to re-establish his value.

  123. mick May 11th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Immediate future pen:

    Mo, Ro, Claiborne, Logan, Rapada, Kelley, Warren.

    That’s 12 pitchers, one too many…

    Did I forget anyone?

  124. Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    That was the beauty of Boesch – he has an option, so they don’t have to lose him totally. Francisco was worth a shot, I guess, but hasn’t done anything to distinguish himself. I always feel bad when a guy is released, just because that’s how I am, but I also realize that that is baseball life for fringe players.

  125. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Mick-

    I think we need to see more from Preston before we can pencil him into that important 7th inning role.

    That’s a fairly major responsibility.

    He looks good so far though.

  126. mick May 11th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    That’s 12 pitchers, one too many…
    =====================
    I’m wrong, it is usually 13 and 12.

    26 for the doubleheader I believe.

  127. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Doreen-

    Don’t feel too bad for Ben. I’m sure someone will pick him up.

    Not only that I’m sure he’s made quite a bit of money already in his career.

    Way more than an ordinary person.

  128. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I think we need to see more from Preston before we can pencil him into that important 7th inning role.
    =========
    That has been the beauty of these baseball god given injuries.
    It allows Girardi to make moves he wouldn’t ordinarilly have made.

    They are all fighting for positions, old and young.

    Kelley and Claiborne pitching for their jobs with Joba and Rapada looming.

  129. G. Love May 11th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    J.AP,

    I honestly think with the current group of starters and the Yankees need to put Pineda in the rotation, this move is the best chance for Dellin to get to the bigs.

    If he takes to the short relief role, we may catch lightning in a bottle here and have a multi-inning shutdown reliever who if he’s up here with Larry will get more attention than he is in the minors.

    I also wonder if this move is a signal that the Yankees are planning on resigning guys like Kuroda/Andy/Hughes and the org just doesn’t see the wild west opportunity a lot of us thought they were going into next season with re:the rotation.

    If he gets to the show with the stuff you and yanksfem drool over, he’ll stay here as a Yankee and may push his way back into the rotation picture.

    The way I looked at it was there was no room for him to come up here and start this year and I think with all the attendance issues, they’re not going to throws out CC and 4 rookies next season to stay under the cap. So next season probably wouldn’t have had an open slot for him either.

    Let’s hope he comes out of AAA like Bard and K-Rod and Hughes/Joba did and becomes a weapon that strikes fear into opponents knowing he’s out there later this season. I can almost see the script in my head if he embraces relieving as his fast pass to the Bronx.

  130. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Not to mention Nova and Phelps.

  131. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Mick-

    Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.

    It should bring out the best in an athlete.

    I don’t think anything should be handed to anyone.

    That only breeds complacency.

    I want guys who are hungry playing for us.

  132. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I want guys who are hungry playing for us.
    ==========================
    Funny how fate works MTU.
    People have craved a youth movement for so long and it took about 10 injuries for it to make it happen.

  133. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Mick-

    I’m not so sure the Nova Phelps thing is a real competition.

    I’ll believe that if they don’t just hand Nova back his job when he’s healthy.

  134. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Mick-

    What does that say ?

    That it took all those injuries.

    Anything ?

  135. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This will make Hal’s mission more possible next year and imagine the currency we inherit if we move toward #28 this year.

    Because of these injuries we are doing now what he was prolly planning to do next year and are on the fast track.

  136. G. Love May 11th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    As for last night, I know this sounds nuts, but I’m more than happy to go wire to wire with Overbay at 1b over Tex. It’s amazing what having a 1b who can hit a RHP does for your lineup and winning streaks.

    I just like what he projects on the field. There’s character there and he could’ve easily fit into that mid-late 90′s group. So could Vernon by the way.

    I know a lot of people knocked the Yankees for chasing “choir boys” but these guys play hard and I’m finally starting to believe that the front office saw in Swisher and his antics what I did since they are Hell bent to acquire less hot dogs and more hamburger if you get my drift. I don’t think the Swisher pass was just financial.

    I wish Jeter were healthy because he’d fit in like a glove with this current group. The team feels like a Jeter team and not an Arod team. There’s zero drama. They just find ways to win. It’s frankly both amazing and refreshing to watch.

    And yes, Tex’s return is a dark cloud for me but these things have a way of working themselves out. Until he’s on a minor league rehab assignment hitting the ball hard against live in game pitching with a bat, I’ll temper my worry.

  137. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    What does that say ?

    That it took all those injuries.

    Anything ?
    ============
    We had a logjam of superstars with superstar salaries but that philosophy is about to change.

  138. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    G Love

    Of the 3, I think Jeter has the best chance to play this year.

  139. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Glad to see them now then.

    I favor a nice combo of youth and experience going forward.

    In general the Team is way too old IMO.

    I have no idea what they were/are planning for next year.

    Too many variables.

  140. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Guys like Claiborne, Phelps, Nuno, Adams, Musty all seeing significant time this year was not part of their plan. Now they have a head start on next year…thank you Baseball Gods.

  141. G. Love May 11th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    mick,

    From your mouth to God’s ears.

  142. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    “thank you Baseball Gods.”

    Whatever it takes I guess.

    ;)

  143. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    New one —->

  144. Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I’m a Tex fan, and I’m conflicted…

    These things always work themselves out – except when they don’t. I remember Sheffield coming back and while I liked Sheffield, he messed with the mojo.

    The conflict isn’t Tex per se for me, but the idea that the synchronicity of the team would suffer a little each time someone comes back from the DL.

    In the outfield/DH situation, I see Girardi being able to mesh things and make things flow smoothly. Jeter is Jeter. Third base is a little quirky – no one has really owned it. But Overbay is doing a really nice job, and I don’t think they’ll platoon Tex. Tex is Tex, and 30 HRs are 30 HRs.

    AAARRGGHH. Conflicted.

  145. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The scenario playing out is ridiculous.
    Guys falling like flies but being replaced by wily vets and kids.
    Mo perfect on the season headed for 60 saves in quest of a walkoff 28.

    Can’t make this up.
    Right out of Hollywood, or at least Broadway.

  146. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    It’s just more proof that God loves the Yankees.

    :)

  147. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    The Yanks are indeed amongst the Chosen Ones.

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